Blough was examined for a head injury during Sunday's contest at San Francisco.
Analysis: The Cardinals made the announcement near the end of the third quarter, and if Blough is unable to return, he'll end Week 18 having completed 14 of 18 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while turning two carries into minus-2 yards and losing a fumble. With Kyler Murray (knee) on IR and Colt McCoy (concussion) inactive Sunday, Trace McSorley took over for Blough under center.
Jan 8, 2023 3:49 PM EST
Blough will start Sunday's game against the 49ers, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury made the announcement Wednesday, ruling out Colt McCoy (concussion) in the process. Blough got his first start for Arizona in last week's 20-19 loss to Atlanta, completing 24 of 40 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown. Dual-threat Trace McSorley is the other QB on the roster.
Jan 4, 2023 11:29 AM EST
Blough completed 24 of 40 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Blough got a spot start with Colt McCoy sidelined by a concussion. He showed some competence even without the benefit of targeting DeAndre Hopkins (knee), and he connected regularly with Trey McBride and Marquise Brown. Blough threw his lone touchdown of the game early in the second quarter on a four-yard toss to Trey McBride. It remains to be seen who will be under center for Arizona in Week 18 for a matchup against the 49ers.
Jan 1, 2023 10:08 PM EST
Blough will start Sunday's game in Atlanta with Colt McCoy bothered by concussion symptoms again, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Blough signed with the Cardinals less than three weeks ago and now gets the nod over Trace McSorley, who had three turnovers and only 4.8 yards per pass attempt in last week's loss to Tampa Bay. While not as mobile as McSorley, the 27-year-old Blough is likely at least somewhat more accurate as a passer, though he completed only 54 percent of his throws while going 0-5 as a starter for the Lions back in 2019. He didn't have much help in his Detroit days, and that could be the case again this Sunday with DeAndre Hopkins uncertain due to a late-week knee injury.
Dec 30, 2022 11:08 AM EST
The Cardinals signed Blough to their active roster Wednesday.
Analysis: With Kyler Murray (knee) out for the year, Blough has been signed to Arizona's active roster and will operate as the No. 3 quarterback behind Colt McCoy and Trace McSorley. The Cardinals also signed Carson Strong to their practice squad. Blough has appeared in seven career games, all coming with the Lions between 2019 and 2021.
Dec 14, 2022 1:28 PM EST
The Cardinals signed Blough to their practice squad Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Blough's signing comes in the wake of Kyler Murray's season-ending knee injury. Colt McCoy will step up as the starter, while Trace McSorley operates as the primary backup, so Blough will simply provide emergency depth on the practice squad. The undrafted product out of Purdue has appeared in seven career games, all coming with the Lions between 2019 and 2021.
Dec 14, 2022 12:20 PM EST
Blough plans to join Minnesota's practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: He'll serve as Minnesota's third quarterback if he ends up signing with the Vikings. He was waived by Detroit after an unimpressive preseason.
Sep 1, 2022 8:30 PM EST
Blough was waived by the Lions on Wednesday.
Analysis: As expected, Blough was let go after Nate Sudfeld passed his physical and signed with Detroit. Blough failed to impress this preseason and will now look for another opportunity elsewhere, likely starting the season on a team's practice squad.
Aug 31, 2022 8:02 AM EST
The Lions are expected to waive Blough if Nate Sudfeld passes his physical in Detroit on Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It initially seemed like Blough had beaten out Tim Boyle for the backup job behind Jared Goff, but it seems that Detroit wants to go in a completely different direction after both of them put together underwhelming preseason performances. However, unless another team saw enough promise in the 27-year-old to put in a waiver claim, Blough would seem like a strong candidate to land on the practice squad.
Aug 31, 2022 5:38 AM EST
Blough completed 17 of 32 passes for 160 yards with one touchdown while rushing twice for 11 yards during Sunday's 19-9 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Tim Boyle got the start but Blough seemed to have outplayed him again despite averaging 5.0 yards per pass attempt. However, given the underwhelming play that Detroit has gotten from its backup quarterbacks this preseason, Detroit could be keeping a close eye on which quarterbacks don't survive roster cuts around the league this week.
Aug 28, 2022 5:09 PM EST
Coach Dan Campbell indicated Blough will start Detroit's preseason game at Indianapolis on Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It's an encouraging vote of confidence in Blough, who outplayed Tim Boyle for nearly the entire game in the Lions' preseason opener vs. Atlanta before fumbling a crucial snap late in the fourth quarter that essentially cost his team the game. It appears that he and Boyle are in a legitimate competition for the backup job behind Jared Goff, and Blough could give himself a big boost with another solid performance against the Colts.
Aug 19, 2022 9:21 AM EST
Blough completed 18 of 28 passes for 141 yards during Friday's 27-23 preseason loss to Atlanta while adding 22 rushing yards and one fumble on four carries.
Analysis: Blough had seemingly outplayed the favorite for the backup quarterback job, Tim Boyle, for most of the game, but he blew it by fumbling a snap late in the fourth quarter when Detroit simply could have ran out the clock. With Detroit reportedly looking to keep only two signal callers on the active roster this fall, Blough probably can't afford any more costly mental errors if he wants to remain in contention for the backup gig.
Aug 13, 2022 7:45 AM EST
Blough agreed to re-sign with the Lions on Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Blough served mainly as Detroit's No. 3 quarterback in 2021 and played just four offensive snaps during his third season with the Lions. He should continue to serve behind starter Jared Goff and primary backup Tim Boyle heading into the 2022 campaign
Mar 17, 2022 10:07 AM EST
Blough (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: While dressing as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Tim Boyle in last week's 13-10 loss to the Browns, Blough didn't see the field, even though Boyle finished with just 15 completions for 77 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions on 23 attempts (3.3 YPA). Despite leading a listless offense in his first NFL start, Boyle looks like he'll hang on to the No. 2 job for now with top quarterback Jared Goff (oblique) rejoining the lineup Thanksgiving Day after a one-game absence.
Nov 25, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Blough rushed once for six yards during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Blough entered the game on the final drive after Jared Goff had fallen into a 44-point hole. With Detroit at 0-8 and Tim Boyle (thumb) still on injured reserve, it will be interesting to see if Blough gets a chance to take over the offense coming out of the Lions' Week 9 bye.
Oct 31, 2021 7:06 PM EST
Blough will enter the season as the No. 2 quarterback after it was determined that Tim Boyle (thumb) will undergo surgery for a broken right thumb, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: While it's not clear if Boyle will miss the entire season, Blough is set to serve as the backup for as long as the free-agent acquisition is sidelined. When forced into action for five games with Detroit in 2019, Blough managed 5.7 yards per pass attempt with a 54 percent completion rate.
Aug 30, 2021 12:55 PM EST
Blough likely will take over as Jared Goff's primary backup if Tim Boyle (thumb) is forced to miss significant time, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Boyle, who started Friday's preseason finale against Indianapolis, reportedly hit his thumb on the helmet of a defensive player on the opening drive of the game. Blough took over and completed 13 of 21 passes for 117 yards with one interception and 14 rushing yards on four carries. While it's not yet clear long Boyle may be sidelined, Blough split No. 2 duties with him all summer and will be set to handle backup duties in the interim.
Aug 28, 2021 11:25 AM EST
Blough appears in line for the start in Friday's preseason game against the Colts, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports that Lions coach Dan Campbell told Colts coach Frank Reich he does not intend to play starters. With Jared Goff and others expected to sit, Blough and Tim Boyle will continue their competition for the No. 2 quarterback job. Boyle is listed second on the the team's depth chart, but the starting assignment Friday night might be a hint Blough has pushed ahead.
Aug 27, 2021 12:54 PM EST
Blough is making a case for the backup quarterback job behind Jared Goff, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Tim Boyle had been the presumed backup after getting a one-year, $2.5 million deal in free agency, but Blough has given the coaching staff something to think about after seeming to perform significantly better than Boyle during the preseason. While Blough was playing against lesser competition than Boyle most of the time, it was nonetheless impressive that Blough inherited Boyle's 23-point halftime deficit Saturday and ultimately led three touchdown drives to bring Detroit within seven points from winning. Even if he hasn't passed Boyle on the depth chart, Blough could be convincing the Lions to carry three quarterbacks on the regular-season roster.
Aug 22, 2021 1:01 PM EST
Blough will likely remain in a No. 3 role to open the 2021 campaign, Benjamin Raven of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: The Lions let incumbent No. 2 QB Chase Daniels walk this spring only to replace him with another high-priced backup in former Green Bay quarterback Tim Boyle. However, with Boyle only under contract for one season, Blough -- who will be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year -- could be in the mix for the backup role behind Jared Goff next summer.
Jun 21, 2021 11:53 AM EST
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